AVA exercises a range of strategies to safeguard against the introduction and spread of animal diseases in Singapore, of which the regulation of the importation of animals into Singapore is a key strategy.
The import, export and transshipment of animals is regulated under the Animals and Birds Act and its subsidiary legislation.
You can find a copy of AVA Factsheet on Import Procedures of Personal Pets (Dog/Cat) here.
To import your pets (e.g. dogs, cats, ornamental birds, rabbits, guinea pigs etc), you are required to obtain an import licence from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) within 30 days prior to the date of arrival. Application for the licence can be made with the online form Licence to Import/Export/Transship Animals, Birds, Eggs and Biologics. Please allow two working days to process the licence upon receipt of the duly completed application and with all the necessary supporting documents. The import licence is valid for 30 days from the date of issue and the fee is S$50 per licence. A surcharge equal to the licence fee will be imposed if the licence is required to be processed within a period shorter than 2 working days.
For mixed or cross breed dogs, a coloured photo of the dog showing the face and body clearly must be attached with your online application. This is to help AVA to verify that it is not a breed which is prohibited from import into Singapore.
All dogs above three months of age must be licensed with AVA. With effect from 15 Nov 2010, newly licensed dogs belonging to breeds listed in the Second Schedule in the Rules are subject to additional conditions. A maximum of ONE Scheduled dog can be licensed per non-HDB premise and NO scheduled dog can be kept at HDB premises. A copy of the notes to owners regarding dog licensing can be downloaded here.
Detailed import conditions are listed below.
The import of personal pets must comply with AVA's veterinary conditions which includes requirements such as health certification, quarantine and inspection by AVA.
Starting 1 January 2010, AVA implemented a new set of import and quarantine requirements as part of our rabies risk management approach to the importation of dogs and cats into Singapore.
The new import requirements involve re-categorising countries according to the rabies risk posed by different countries.
A list of categories and countries/places are as follows:
Australia, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom
Cayman Islands, Denmark, Hong Kong, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, USA (Guam and Hawaii only)
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United States of America (except Guam and Hawaii)
All countries other than those listed in Categories A, B or C
For more information on the veterinary conditions for importation of dogs/cats:
Dogs/cats from Category A or B countries
All imports of dogs and cats from Category A and B countries must be accompanied by an Airline Declaration. The document must be completed by either the captain of the aircraft which the animals arrived in or by an authorised airline staff. This declaration must be presented to CAPQ, AVA upon your pet's arrival in Singapore. A template of the Airline Declaration is found under our Veterinary Conditions for the Importation of Dogs/Cats under Category A and Veterinary Conditions for the Importation of Dogs/Cats under Category B.
Dogs/cats from Category C or D countries
Dogs and cats from Category C and D countries are required to undergo quarantine upon their arrival in Singapore. As the quarantine station is heavily booked, you are advised to submit your application for quarantine space reservation early. For more information on quarantine reservation, please click here.
For more information on transportation arrangements for dogs and cats with the airlines, and on purchasing your animal container, please click here.
Rabies Serology Testing for Import from Category B, C, or D Countries
AVA requires all dogs and cats coming to Singapore from Category B, C or D countries to have a rabies antibody titre test done according to an OIE-prescribed method and the result of the test must be greater than 0.5IU/ml. The test may be carried out at any laboratory that is able to test according to an OIE-prescribed method.
The AVA laboratory at the Animal and Plant Health Centre is able to carry out the rabies virus antibody indirect ELISA test, which is an acceptable method for testing for import. For more information on the export of blood serum to Singapore for testing, please click here.
Import Conditions for Assistance Dogs (for all countries)
The import of personal pets (other than dogs and cats) must comply with AVA's veterinary conditions which includes requirements such as health certification, quarantine and inspection by AVA.
Veterinary Conditions for the Importation of Pet Animals - Birds (Other than Domestic birds)
Veterinary Conditions for the Importation of Pet Animals - Small MammalsPlease note that CITES-listed birds are subjected to additional import requirements. For more information, please click here.
For guidelines on the import/export of birds, please click here (for imports) or here (for exports).
The veterinary conditions for import of small mammals into Singapore state the pet must be kept by the owner for at least six (6) months before import. In situations where the importer cannot prove he has owned and cared for the animal from birth or for at least 6 months, the animal must be placed under quarantine at Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station. Importers are responsible for feeding and cleaning the animals throughout the animal’s stay with AVA and must provide all feed and bedding during the quarantine period. For instructions on how to book a quarantine space, click here.
If you are importing bird(s) into Singapore, please click here for the list of Notifiable Avian Influenza (NAI) affected countries. The import of birds from these countries are currently suspended.
Import of the following does not require any AVA import licence:
- Ornamental fish if the amount of import falls under the personal allowance. For more information, please click here.
- Terrapin / red-ear slider. However, a Letter of Authorisation (Application for Letter of Authorisation) must be obtained prior to import.
The import of reptiles, spiders and insects as pets into Singapore are not allowed. For a complete list of pets that can be kept in Singapore, please click here.
You can find a copy of AVA Factsheet on Export Procedures of Personal Pets (Dog/Cat) here.
Before exporting your pets, you would need to obtain an export licence from the AVA within the 30 days prior to export. Application for the licence can be made with the online form Licence to Import/Export/Transship Animals,Birds, Eggs and Biologics. Please allow two working days to process the licence upon receipt of the completed application and with all the necessary supporting documents. The export licence is valid for 30 days from the date of issue. A surcharge equal to the licence fee will be imposed if the licence is required to be processed within a period shorter than 2 working days.
For more information on AVA Veterinary Certificate, please click here.
For more information, please click here.
To transship your pets via Singapore, you would need to obtain a Transshipment Licence from AVA. The licence is valid for 30 days from the date of issue and the fee is S$50 per licence. Application for the licence can be made with the online form Licence to Import/Export/Transship Animals, Birds, Eggs and Biologics. The licence may be done within the same day with no additional surcharge.
Applicants are required to produce a copy of the valid health certificate or valid rabies vaccination (for dogs and cats only) to accompany the application. Additional documents such as copy of the import permit or import license from the importing country may be required depending on the destination country.
For transit periods of more than four hours, your pet will either be transferred to the Changi Animal and Plant Quarantine (CAPQ) or the airline's animal holding area (for shorter transit period or outside CAPQ's operation hours). The accommodation fee in CAPQ is S$26.25 / animal for one day or part thereof (for cats or dogs, with feed) or S$26.25 / kennel unit for one day or part thereof (for other animals or birds, without feed). For information on CAPQ, please click here.
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